Gnosticism and Art

by William Blake
by William Blake

“There are two kinds of art: an art that we could called ‘subjective,’ which is the ultra-modern art that leads nowhere, and there is also the “royal art” of Nature, Objective Art, Real, Transcendental Art, obviously, such art has in itself, precious Cosmic Truths.”

Objective Art

The objective of art is the pursuit of beauty in its different manifestations. Art is the faithful witness of that great human work we call Culture. Gnosis is present in all the great works of universal literature, in the works of the geniuses of music, painting, sculpture and architecture.

We find Gnostic art in archaic settlements, in the pyramids and ancient obelisks of the Egypt of the pharaohs; in ancient Mexico, among the Mayans and the archeological remains of the Aztecs, Zapotecs, Toltecs, etc.; amidst the ancient medieval parchments and those of the Chinese, Phoenicians, Assyrians, etc.; in the hieroglyphs and bas-reliefs of ancient cultures; in the painting and sculpture of the Renaissance; in the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Wagner; in the great works of universal literature, in the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, in Dante’s Divine Comedy and in many others, which contain the same principles of universal wisdom, presented in diverse forms and sometimes hidden behind the veil of philosophical symbolism.

Because of this, is that we define two types of art: the first is “subjective art,” which truly leads nowhere. The second is the “regal art of nature,” a transcendental art that always leads to the ultimate truth hidden in the Being.

And it is thanks to art as a living witness of the entire history of humanity, that the philosophy, science and mysticism of our ancestors could come to us, otherwise we would have irremediably lost all that experience of life. And now through the eternal Gnosis, the Gnosis of art, we can finally lift the veil of the symbol and of the mystery, as to penetrate, safely, any truth of the Being.

Article by Samael Aun Weor, The Pillars of Gnostic Wisdom

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